Make dinner a special family time. Turn off the TV, take the phone
off the hook, dim the lights, light candles, and have a relaxing time
together. Or, if you prefer, engage young children in a creative theme
dinner like a picnic on the living room floor. Use your imagination
and choose the approach that suits your family best.
Focus on positives. Don't use mealtime as a time to criticize,
complain, or argue. Treat each other with respect and affection. Let
the little things ride; who cares if junior is wiggly at the table or little sis
dribbles milk? Save the discussions of homework and messy bedrooms for
Decide together how you can make high-quality family time a
habit. Are there one or two days a week that you all can commit to for
a fun family dinner? What do you need to clear from your schedule to
make that happen? And when dinnertime doesn't work, how about a snack
and a family boardgame at bedtime?